The Baltimore Ravens 2019 squad is littered with talent, and we believe the following players deserve Pro Bowl nods for their efforts this season.
Let’s cut to the chase: The NFL’s Pro Bowl is far superior in concept than in reality.
We’re all excited to see which players from our favorite teams are named to the roster, and we argue, fight and ridicule each other over who got selected — but the game itself is about as much fun to watch as, well, the Pro Bowl. There really is not much worse in the world of sports.
Plus, playing in the game means your team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, so… that stinks, too. Regardless, the designation of “Pro Bowler” is fun to debate, and a good way to stop and take stock of the individual performances of some of our favorite players.
Let’s take a look at some Ravens players who are sure to be on the radars of Pro Bowl selectors, as well as some others who should be if they’re not.
Lamar Jackson, quarterback
Jackson is a legitimate MVP candidate and arguably one of the most popular players in the league. He is as close to a lock as can be.
Marshal Yanda, offensive guard
Yanda is a good bet every year based on reputation alone, and he is having a great season, even by his own lofty standards.
Justin Tucker, kicker
Like Yanda, it would take a bad season to keep Tucker out of the Pro Bowl. He is not having a bad season by any measure. He’s in.
Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle
Stanley has seemingly improved every season, and he has clearly moved himself into the “elite” category of left tackles. He deserves it.
Marlon Humphrey, cornerback
He has shadowed elite receivers, made big plays in big moments and has received tons of national love this season. There are some great corners in the AFC, but Humphrey should get a nod.
Marcus Peters, cornerback
He has the reputation, he has the stats and he’s on a successful team that is exciting to watch. He has earned a spot just on his performance with the Ravens.
Patrick Ricard, fullback
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No longer a novelty, the bruising fullback, defensive tackle has become a blocking force capable of moving across the formation as needed, and a capable leak-out receiver. It’s not a crowded field at that position, and I believe he will get picked.
Mark Ingram, running back
Ingram has been a perfect addition to the Ravens, both on and off the field. It is easy to see why he was so beloved in Alabama and New Orleans. He has also contributed 778 yards on the ground and 12 total touchdowns, with five games left. I really want to see Ingram get selected, as he has quickly become one of my personal favorite Ravens.
Mark Andrews, tight end
Andrews looks like a Pro Bowl tight end. He has the numbers, and he had the pedigree coming out of college to have him on people’s radar. He has played like a Pro Bowler, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses due to so many other Ravens getting slots and because he’s only in his second year.
Orlando Brown, offensive tackle
Like his college teammate, Andrews, Brown certainly looks like a Pro Bowler in his second year. Also, like Andrews, he might miss out this year due to the numbers game.
Matt Judon, edge rusher
Judon has had a great season in his contract year and simply dominates some games. But he is up against a crowded field and might miss out on a selection. He needs to be in the conversation, though.
Brandon Williams, defensive tackle
Williams doesn’t put up huge numbers, but he did make the team last year and is currently having one of his best seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it or didn’t make it. He has been a stud this year, though.
Earl Thomas, safety
Thomas is a borderline legend of the game and has improved seemingly by the game in his tenure with the team. I think he’ll get in, but, again, they will only pick so many Ravens. We all know this.